Garden Shed – Stage 4

Here is my SAL update on the Cut Thru Garden Shed cross stitch kit. Designer credits are here. If you need a reminder of how it’ll all turn out in the end, you’ll find a photo in this post.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 3b

This is where I’m up to now.

Stage 4a 

Here it is with the back stitch detail completed. Two jazzy snails and a butterfly!

Stage 4b

Next time I’ll be stitching the last section of the roof line at the right hand side. I’m only spending a couple of evenings every three weeks on these small sections so it’s quite easy going and fun to do.

Have a lovely time if you celebrate Christmas. Don’t forget to leave a carrot out for Rudolph and a glass of something warming for Santa. I hope he brings you lots of lovely crafting supplies if that’s what would make you smile 🙂 Best wishes to all for 2019!

As usual, it’s worth hopping around the rest of the lovely SAL blogs by clicking the names below. You never know, you might be inspired to make something too. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 13th January 2019.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, HayleyMegan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

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  1. Great progress

  2. Cute little creatures on the shed roof! A great festive season to you and your family.

  3. I never fancied stitching a cut-thru chart but seeing yours the colours are so much more vibrant and alive than I imagined.

  4. Love the snails, cut through is a very interesting project, such life

  5. claire93

     /  December 23, 2018

    looking lovely! it’s a bit like a Noah’s Ark, with all the critters coming in twos!

  6. Wow your really making great progress!

  7. This is such a fun piece, I am loving the “reveal” every three weeks! Christmas joy and blessings to you and yours this season, and thank you for hosting this SAL, Avis, it has been a wonderful motivated for me!

    • It seems we’ve been stitching together forever 🙂 It’s been a lot of fun and so many projects are getting finished because of all the motivation we share. Best wishes to you and yours!

  8. Loving those snails!
    Happy Christmas to you Avis, and thanks from me for another year of the SAL x

  9. Christina

     /  December 23, 2018

    So cute! Well done Avis! Merry Christmas! Looking forward to a new year of stitching with you and the group ❤

  10. It’s nice to have an easy project that moves along quickly every once in a while. 😉 Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. The result is looking really pretty, I’ve always like the cut through design from a distance but the pictures never did it justice ! Merry Christmas !!

  12. Wonderful progress. This is such a fun project!
    If you have an extra moment (no rush, as the holidays are upon us), I would love to receive more details about joining your SAL. Merry Christmas!

    • Hi Renee, I’ve sent the rules to your gmail address. Be sure to check your spam box if it doesn’t reach your inbox. No hurry to reply. Merry Christmas to you too 🙂

  13. Very cute and great progress!

  14. I think I say this every time, but I just love seeing your work before and after the backstitching. It always amazes me how much the backstitching brings the piece to life! And, oh, those SNAILS!!! Have a very happy Christmas, Avis!

  15. Such a cute piece, I love those snails! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. All the best for 2019.

  16. Such a fun piece to see each reveal – I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2019.

  17. Hi Avis, Helen (stitchingranny) suggested I contact you about your SAL project. Picking up some unfinished cross stitch projects is on my crafty list for 2019 and I wondered if you had space for me to join in with SAL as a way to keep me going? Thanks so much for your help
    Jenny 🙂


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